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. merrill newman, the man being held by north korea, is returning home. and there are many tributes for the south african leader nelson mandela. >> the american war veteran retained by north korea since october is due to arrive inwe'rt community where newman was ma wr thanksgiving, but he'll be home for the holidays. when he first made the trip to north korea he could not have imagined how difficult of a trip it would turn out. but now he'll return to the u.s. a great relief for his family. >> i'm very glad to be home. i'm appreciate the government to allow me to be on my way. >> i offered him a ride home but he pointed out there is a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit was a long-planned vacation down memory lane. but he was no order soldier. the north koreans released this confession, likely forced by newman, admitting his afill ways with the white tigers. for newman the war is history. but for north koreans, newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never sig
. the saga for merrill newman, who spent a month in detention, it's over and he's back with his family. >> merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not have known how much more difficult a journey it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's back in the u.s. looking healthy with his wife by his side and a simply message. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but happy to be here tk you all for the support we got. very much much appreciated. >> merrill newman was a soldier in the korean war. his visit to pyongyang was a long-planned vacation down memory lain. the north koreans released this video, likely forced, by merrill newman, admitting his affiliation to the white tigers. ancient history. for north korea, ever mill tarized and ready to fight off the impeerials. the two countries are technically at wars having not signed a peace treaty, and his release likely required the personal approval of kim jong un. why north korea decided to let merrill newman go now is a mystery. >> after he comes home and has a chance to get well-deserved rest. we'll have more to say
odyssey is over for merrill newman, back home with hisno carrierringring with the white tilers. for merrill newman the war was ancient history. for north korea, ever ready to fight american imperialists. merrill newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, are techniy at war and as such his release likely required the personal approval of the country's leader kim jong un. why he let merrill newman go now remains a mystery. >> after merrill newman is home and has a rest, we'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journey. for now, though, we ask you to allow us time to be with him as a family. we ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae. >> he sentenced to prison. caught spreading the word of christianity - viewed as a greater threat than a soldier merrill newman. >> what is interesting about the situation is something revealing about releasing merrill newman. if you look at the two people, a soldier and missionary. after all merrill newman was a soldier fighting in the korean war and was probably responsible for the d
're following for you. merrill newman is back with his family in the u.s. his six-week saga in north korea over. >>> south african mourners are holding vigils and memorials for nelson mandela continues. and this marijuana ingredient is bringing hundreds of families with epileptic children to colorado. >> we'll start with the legacy of nelson mandela. >> part of successful white government that kept nelson mandela in jail and then served for mandela. as u.s. ambassador and then foreign minister it was his task to defend the continued imprisonment of nelson mandela and other political opponent. but privately he long lobbied for mandela's release. >> i submitted a memorandum, due to the effect that mr. mandela ought to be released that we're bringing a bigger martyr of him every day he stays in prison, and that his international aclaim and status would be growing to an extent that we would not be able to hand it will any more. unfortunately, it continued on. >> here we have a man 27 years in prison. the day he was released he displayed the acumen and attitude of an american who has been a presiden
he was on holiday. >> 85-year-old merrill newman fought in the korean war and he was visiting as a tourism. pyongyang claimed he was a war criminal that killed civilians. united states. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the power the dprk has given for me to be on my way >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> i feel good >> reporter: what would i like to do first thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> vice president joe biden welcomed his relief but mentions that north korea is still holding another u.s. citizens. >> they have mr bay, who has no reason for being held in the north and should be released immediately. we are demanding his release as well. mr newman will return today and be reunited with his family. >> more from rob mcbride in beijing. >> merrill newman's release has come from delicate behind-the-scenes negotiations. he arrived in one flight from pyongyang, and is on his way to the west coast of america. he said little. he said he's pleased to be free and is looking forward to seeing his wife, obviously, and the american embassy here said that he
>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the memorial grows for the antiapartheid leader. power outages and a travel nightmare. wintry weather spreads across the u.s. >> tonight a u.s. veteran is home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a month. merrill newman arrived in the 85-year-old was accused of committing crimes while he served in the korean war. his family called merrill newman's time in north korean's hands, "a very difficult ord eel", >> melissa chan has the story. >> when merrill newman made the trip, he would not have known how difficult it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's in the u.s., looking healthy, w
korea is on his way back to the united states. merrill newman departed beijing airport about 15 minutes ago, headed for his home in san francisco. he'd been held in north korea since late october. officials said they released newman on humanitarian grounds and for apologising for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters before leaving beijing. >> i'm glad to be coming home. >> melissa chan has more. >> great news that merrill newman has been freed. you can well imagine how distraught his family has been. he's missed thanksgiving, but will be home in time for the holidays. we hear that merrill newman was part of a special unit called the white tigers. military intelligence stole secrets - we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. so from the north korean perspective they consider merrill newman, even though he's advanced in age, a serious enemy. from the north korean perspective and because of their propaganda they believe they are in imminent danger from an attack by the united states, they never sooned a peace treaty with america and believe in the threat fro
is back home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a merrill newman arrives home today. his family called his time in north korea, "a difficult ordeal." melissa chan with that story. >> when merrill newman made the trip to remote north korea, he would not have known how much more difficult a journey it would turn out. after weeks in detention he's and with a simply message. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired but happy to be with my family now. tha thank you for the support we got. we appreciate it. >> merrill newman was a soldier in the korean war. he was no ordinarily soldier. the north koreans released this concession video by merrill newman, admitting his association to the white tigers. for newman, the war was ancient history. at the ready to fight off american propaganda. the two countries are technically at war, not having signed a peace treaty, and require the personal approval of kim jong un. why they decided to let merrill newman go now is a mystery. >> i'll have a chance to get a rest. he'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journe
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
.s. veteran is home in america, reunite with his family. in a moment we'll hear from merrill newman about his tourist trip that ended in detention. >> it will be cold. temperatures across the nation will stay below average. right now it's minus 14. it feels like we are minus 45 degrees. we have bone-chilling conditions across the northern area of the country. going down to the northern plains, temperatures subzero. we are at 1 degree in minneapolis. not much of a warm up is expected. there's advisories particularly for the wind chills through the dakotas. with the cold air we are expecting to see snow before day's end. >> meanwhile, a veteran held by north korea for weeks has returned to his family in california. north korea detained 85-year-old merrill newman, while he was visiting places where he fought in the corey an war. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not know how difficult it would turn out. after weeks in detention, he's back in the u.s., looking healthy, wife by his side, with a simple message. >> good home coming. i'm tired, but i'm here with my family
than a month behind bars, 85-year-old merrill newman has flown home to his family. more in palo alto. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not have known how difficulty a journey it was to get out. but now he's back, with a simple message. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now. and thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated! >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit to pyongyang was a long planned vacation down memory lane. he was not an ordinary soldier, the north koreans are had this film, at the ready to fight out what their propaganda calls american imperialists, newman was an enemy with the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, never technically at peace. why the country decided to let newman go now, remains a mystery. >> after merrill comes home and has a chance to get some well deserved rest we will have more to say about hi unusual and difficult journey. for now we ask you to allow us to be with him as a family and we also ask that you not forget ano
arrived back in the u.s. here are some pictures that we're seeing of merrill newman. the 85-year-old who served in nortnorth korea was detained. he was accused of being a war criminal. we're in palo alto near san francisco. if we see him arrive at the airport we're expecting him to turn up there quite soon. this is quite a long journey from north convenient. yes, an we him him at any moment now. he may try to sneak in. there has been a lot of media interest at the airport trying to get a word out of him. he thanked evan for their support and kept his remarks very brief. you can imagine how tired he was. what was interesting about this case quite a number of american soldiers who gout in the videoan waterwho served in northkorea. he served as a white tiger and that's the distinction that the north koreans caught. >> how did he secure his release? >> for the moment we don't know too much of the details about his release by vice president biden who was in asia did comment that he was not personally involved in the negotiations. with the north koreans it's difficult to tell what motivates th
's according to a swedish diplomat who visited him. merrill newman was taken captive more tan a month ago as he was about to take off on his plane after a tourist visit. authorities say they are holding him to investigate war crimes. he was shown on north korean television, reading what korean officials said was an apology. the u.s. is calling for his release. >> pope francis is urging catholics to pray for those with aids. the pontiff addressed a crowd at st peter's square, which is world aids day. >> for 30 years peter has been living with h.i.v. >> i'm used to it. >> his prognosis is good. >> h.i.v. is not a death sentence, but a life innocence. we have it for life and concern ourselves with living, not dying. >> the autolook was bleaker in the "80, in 1981 magic johnson announced he was h.i.v. positive. many assumed it would kill him. he's going strong today. >> now when a person is diagnosed with h.i.v. access to health care, housing and good nutrition, they can live a near-normal life span. >> a million americans are infected. diagnosing and treating infections early can control the viru
in nort north korea n good condition. merrill newman was arrested more than a month ago just as he was about to take leave on an airline liner. he served in the korean war and they are holding him to investigate war crimes. they show him reading what they say is an apology. the u.s. is calling for his immediate release. >> why a new distillery opened up shot in detroit. that and much more when al jazeera america returns. power of the people until we restore our freedoms and r >> welcome back to al jazeera america. here are today's headlines. thousands of new york city commuters had to find other ways to get to new york this morning after a train derailed just outside of manhattan. investigators have recovered the train's data recorders to determine the cause of the accident that left four people dead and others injured. the obama administration said they have fixed the let car heae healthcare.gov website. it's cyber monday. millions will be clicking the mouse to grab major deals on the internet. and many americans already shopping on the job. >>> the popularity of locally brewed l
-old merrill newman was visiting as a tourist when he was detained. pyongyang accused him of being a war criminal that killed civilians. he's on his way home to america. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate what the drnk have done to help me on my way >> reporter: how do you feel? >> i feel good >> reporter: what would you like to do? >> come home to my wife. >> lots more to come including the many faces of politics storms across europe leave eight dead. thousands without power. we'll have the detail. in sport - who was bouncing for joy - not the england manager. that's for sure. all the details coming up. >> south africans and people over the world are celebrating the life of former president nelson mandela. mourners have brought flowers, and are dancing and singing. he died on thursday, aged 95. 25 years ago the president f.w. de klerk decided to end nelson mandela's captivity. they had several meetings before he did so. he spoke to us on the line from cape town. >> he needed to be released. apart from political motivation which played a part in my decision, i felt he was e
. i'm richelle carey. here are the stories that we're following for you. merrill newman i has been relead from north korea and freed overnight. and the largest art show in the u.s. what many cities want to have. at this hour the american war veteran who has been detained
korea visited merrill newman, and he is in good health. he's accused of decades old war crimes and was seen on north korean television reading an apology. >> a highway pile-up in central massachusetts, totalling 65 cars and three tractor trailers. dozens were sent to hospital. bad weather and freezing weather was thought to have caused the accident. the highway reopened this afternoon. >> more on that massive weather system. let's go to rebecca with more on the system. certainly a bad scene there in massachusetts, probably more snow and rain on the way. >> friezing drizzle and light snow in parts of massachusetts, and parts of maine. we are seeing this in new york, update at central new york. we are going to see this diminish as we get into early monday morning, it's something we have to be worried about. otherwise the big story is focussing on the west where the winds gust up to 30-40 k/hr. wind warnings have been issued for large portions of the north-west, bill wyman, utah and colorado. wee look at the overpass in idaho. it's heading off to the east. boy, it's getting snowy.
of merrill newman told the press that he led a guerilla group in the korean war. it was one of the army's special forces units. veterans said it was hated and feared by north korea. merrill newman was pulled from an airliner six years ago after visiting north korea as a tour iment. >> an american man imprisoned in cuba is appealing for help. he was arrested in cuba whilst trying to set up an internet for the community. the only way he'll be released is with the president's help. the white house said it's trying to secure his relief. the president has engaged other figure to use their influence with cuba to promote the release. the cuban government made clear the importance that the united states places on his welfare. >> gross's wife said he lost a lot of weight and his hopes are fading. >>> according to research, for the first time in four decades a majority of americans say the u.s. is less powerful than it was a decade ago. 70% think the u.s. is less respected by other counties than in the past. moth of those polled 68% believe the u.s. military is the strongest in the world. u.s. an
for you. merrill newman i has been relead from north korea and freed overnight. and the largest art show in the u.s. what many cities want to have. at this hour the american war veteran who has been detained by north korea is on his way back home. he was released early saturday. melissa chan is outside of the community where mr. newman and his wife live. i'm sure they're eagerly awaiting for him to come home. what about the time of his release and the fact that joe biden is in south korea. now vice president biden said he had no direct connection to this, but what about the timing of it. >> any time you have the vice president in asia and with the situation of merrill newman, you would think that there would be negotiations. vice president biden said that he was not part of any negotiations. he was in south korea, and we all know that south korea and north korea do not get along. he was not home for thanksgiving, but thankfully he will now be home for the holidays. when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not have known how much more of a difficult journey it would turn
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